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Ultrasound strain imaging is used to measure local tissue deformations. Usually, only strains along the ultrasound beam are estimated, because those estimates are most precise, due to the availability of phase information. For estimating strain in other directions we propose to steer the ultrasound beam at an angle, which allows estimating different(More)
The feasibility of estimating urinary flow velocity from the decorrelation of radiofrequency (RF) signals was investigated in soft tissue-mimicking models of obstructed and unobstructed urethras. The decorrelation was studied in the near field, focal zone and far field of the ultrasound beam. Furthermore, the effect of beam width was investigated. The(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW An imaging tool providing reliable prostate cancer (PCa) detection and localization is necessary to improve the diagnostic pathway with imaging targeted biopsies. This review presents the latest developments in existing and novel ultrasound modalities for the detection and localization of PCa. RECENT FINDINGS The ultrasound modalities(More)
AIMS At present, an invasive pressure flow study is recommended to diagnose urinary bladder outlet obstruction. This method induces the risk of urinary tract infection and urethral trauma. We studied perineal noise recording as an alternative, non-invasive diagnostic method in three flexible/extensible model urethras and two silicone tubes. METHODS The(More)
PURPOSE A low flow rate without clinical symptoms is commonly found in boys after hypospadias correction. Urethral calibration usually shows no abnormalities. We investigated whether this impairment might be caused by increased neo-urethral wall stiffness. METHODS From polyvinyl alcohol cryogel two models of the urethra were made, hypospadias and control;(More)
There is increasing evidence that supports the hypothesis that elevated cyclic shear strain in the adventitia of the common carotid artery promotes plaque progression. In this article, we estimated cyclic shear strain in the carotid arterial wall in 16 asymptomatic human participants using radio-frequency (RF) ultrasound. In each participant, we acquired(More)
AIMS We aim at developing a non-invasive method for grading and diagnosing urinary bladder outlet obstruction, based on noise recording with a perineal contact microphone during voiding. We found that the noise production during voiding depends amongst others on the viscoelastic properties of the urethral wall. To further test our method, we need a(More)
Strain is considered to be a useful indicator of atherosclerotic plaque vulnerability. This study introduces an alternative for a recently introduced strain imaging method that combined beam steered ultrasound acquisitions to construct radial strain images of transverse cross-sections of superficial arteries. In that study, axial strains were projected in(More)
OBJECTIVES Elderly men are prone to developing lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) possibly caused by bladder outlet obstruction (BOO). The most frequently used method to diagnose this condition is an invasive and time-consuming pressure-flow study. We are developing a novel non-invasive method to diagnose BOO in men with LUTS based on perineal sound(More)